Terminal reopens after smoke scare

Terminal 2 at Arlanda Airport was reopened at lunch time on Thursday after being evacuated at 9.30am when the smell of smoke was detected in the foreign departures terminal.

Terminal reopens after smoke scare

Around 100 people were evacuated from the terminal and incoming flights were redirected to Arlanda’s Terminal 5.

Although the source of the smell of smoke has not been detected, rescue services have deemed it safe to reopen Terminal.

“Now it’s the technicians’ job to look in the ventilation room,” rescue team leader Magnus Gärtner told news agency TT.

Police were first called when people started smelling smoke in the terminal.

“It was spread through the ventilation system,” said police spokesman Björn Engström.

Fire fighters from Arlanda, as well as from nearby Väsby and Märsta, arrived on the scene but failed to locate any flames.

The incident has had “a minimal effect on traffic” said Swedish airport authority LFV Group spokesperson Jan Lindqvist to TT, adding that the smell of smoke came after the morning rush hour.

In addition to incoming flights, two outgoing flights – one to Las Palmas and one to Copenhagen – were also been moved to Terminal 5.

Lindqvist explained it may take time for crews to find the source of the fumes.

“It can be tough for emergency services because the smell of smoke may have traveled a long way through the ventilation system,” he said.


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What’s the situation at Arlanda over the Ascension Day weekend? 

According to the airport operator Svedavia, the worst peak for the long weekend is probably over. “Today looks good with no long waiting time at Arlanda,” Ellen Laurin, the company’s press officer, told The Local on Friday. “Yesterday morning [Thusday], we had a morning peak before nine in the morning, and the rest of the day was OK.” 

According to Swedavia’s website, waiting times at security were less than five minutes on Friday morning.  

However, she warned that there could once again be big queues on Sunday when those who have travelled to Sweden over the long weekend make their way home. 

“Sunday is a big travel day when people will fly home again. There could be queues at peak times,” she said. “We recommend that passengers have a close contact with their airline for information about their flight. It is important to have extra time at the airport and to be prepared.  

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Which airports in other countries have problems? 

Arlanda is not the only airport facing problems due to delays staffing up again after the pandemic. On Friday morning, Twitter users were complaining of two-hour queues at the border control at Heathrow Airport in the UK, while at the UK’s Manchester Airport, passengers were reporting queues for security of up to two hours on Thursday. 

Dublin Airport is also facing regular two-hour queues at security. Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport had a 1km security queue on Thursday, pushing the Dutch airline KLM to cancel flights. 

Can I get compensation or insurance payments if I missed my flight due to the queues? 

The SAS airline has already underlined that it is their customers’ responsibility to make sure that they arrive at the airport in sufficiently good time to make their flight. 

“To be certain you can come with us, you should be in good time, and if you are in good time, you will manage to get your flight,” she told state broadcaster SR. “It is always the customer’s responsibility to be on your way as early as is necessary.”

People who miss flights are also likely to struggle to get payouts from travel insurance, warned Gabriella Hallberg, an expert on travel insurance at the Swedish Consumers’ Insurance Bureau. 

“If you’re at the airport and are hit by security controls that take a very long time, they consider that it is the consumer themselves who have not planned their journey,” she told SR

She said that it might be possible to find an insurance company that is willing to insure against flights missed due to security queues.